Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares

This Halloween, if you have any candy left over, this recipe is just the thing. Of course, just to make sure, maybe you should go ahead and set aside some of that candy. You’re definitely not going to want to pass on these.

I had this recipe set aside for several weeks because I wanted to make them for my daddy’s birthday. Last year, he got this delicious tart, and a wonderful cheesecake the year before that. Are you sensing a theme?

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares are a tasty combination of peanut butter sandwich cookies, peanut butter candies, and chocolate. - Bake or Break

The original recipe also has coconut sprinkled on top along with the candy bars, but I opted to omit that. First of all, I didn’t really think that all this peanut butter and chocolate would benefit from the presence of coconut. Secondly, there are two coconut-haters in our family, making coconut desserts a rare treat for the rest of us.

These are definitely for all of you peanut butter fans out there. From the Nutter Butter crust through the peanut butter filling to the Butterfinger/Reese’s topping, there’s no shortage of peanut butter here.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 28 small or 18 large bars

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares


  • 1 16-ounce package Nutter Butter cookies, crushed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 7 & 1/2 ounces peanut butter cups (about 25 miniature cups), coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces Butterfinger candy bars (about 7 small candy bars), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts


Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x 9″pan with aluminum foil, allowing it to extend over edges of pan. Grease/spray foil.

Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

Combine condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Set aside.

Sprinkle chopped candy bars, chocolate morsels, and peanuts over crust. Drizzle condensed milk mixture over toppings.

Bake for 25-27 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Using foil, lift out of pan. Peel foil away, and cut into bars.


Recipe adapted from My Recipes.

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  1. Chocolate Shavings October 24, 2008 Reply

    Wow! That picture is absolutely mouth-watering! Those sound delicious.

  2. Hélène October 24, 2008 Reply

    I bookmarked this recipe. I’m so tempted to make it soon. Yummy!

  3. Elizabeth October 24, 2008 Reply

    Note to self: do not read Bake or Break immediately after coming home from the gym! Holy smokes, those look incredible….I will be making them soon!

  4. zestycook October 24, 2008 Reply

    WOW great stuff… amazing picture… these look amazing!! Nice work

  5. Amy October 24, 2008 Reply

    Ummm… did you say Butterfinger AND Reese’s?? Yowza! These sound & look awesome.

  6. Amanda October 24, 2008 Reply

    I am getting a toothache just looking at those things :) Since I don’t like Butterfingers, I think I might swap in some twix or kitkats. Mix it up a little.

  7. Sophie October 24, 2008 Reply

    What a tasty idea! Very clever :). I can feel my sweet tooth crying out for this dessert already :).

  8. Katrina October 24, 2008 Reply

    You’ve done it again, Jennifer! Holy Yum! Gotta have this recipe on hand, with four trick-or-treaters in the house!

  9. Nicole October 24, 2008 Reply

    Oh my gosh, these are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

  10. Blushing Hostess October 24, 2008 Reply

    Funny how I was not a wrapped-candy fan until some gorgeous, glossy use is found for the contents of the trick or treat basket, like this! Just lovely!

  11. JEP October 24, 2008 Reply

    WOW…the ingredients are right up my peanut butter alley! I’m with you, coconut isn’t needed here! I’m adding these to my Christmas goodie list…thanks!

  12. Nan (and Jim) October 24, 2008 Reply

    Actually, Jim has suggested that we SAVE the Halloween candy we bought and give it to you instead. Of course, he has his own agenda in doing this. We loved these! So good! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Sorry Trick-or-Treaters. You will get no Reese’s or Butterfingers at our house! Those will all be going to a higher cause!

  13. Cherie October 24, 2008 Reply

    That is now on my list of must-tries! Wow!!!

  14. Melissa October 24, 2008 Reply

    Wow, that is amazing! I’ll def being making that with Halloween leftovers!

  15. Graeme October 24, 2008 Reply

    Plus, with all of those monounsaturated peanut fats, we can rest assured that these awesome-looking things are good for our hearts?


  16. Culinarywannabe October 24, 2008 Reply

    This looks INSANE!!! I bought a ton of Halloween candy and we live in an apartment building with only a few kids, so I’m definitely seeing these in our future!!

  17. Michelle October 24, 2008 Reply

    Hmmm, now I know what types of candy bars to buy for Halloween. I will use the leftovers for these bars. Yum! We are so guilty of digging through our kids Halloween buckets for chocolate and leaving them the lollipops and hard candy (shhhh!).

  18. Lisa magicsprinkles October 24, 2008 Reply

    You know you’re killin’ me here…

  19. RecipeGirl October 25, 2008 Reply

    Fellow candy bar dessert lover here! I actually have a cookbook that is devoted to all dessert recipes made w/ our fave candies.

    This looks AMAZZZZING!

  20. Joanna October 25, 2008 Reply

    your photography skills are impeccable! i love this dessert.

  21. Katelyn October 25, 2008 Reply

    I’m speechless! I just want to eat these…now!

  22. CookiePie October 26, 2008 Reply

    WOW – these look amazing!!! I am bookmarking this one for sure. Yum!!

  23. Ayankeeinasouthernkitchen October 26, 2008 Reply

    Another wonderful looking peanut butter, chocolate recipe to save for when my grandson comes to visit. Thanks, he is so going to think I am the greatest after baking these.

  24. Nick October 26, 2008 Reply

    My oh my, that’s one of the best images you’ve taken! The texture is so clear and rich I want a bite! These are right up my alley and are a Halloween-party must.

  25. the caked crusader October 27, 2008 Reply

    Great photo – it’s the kind of photo that breaks a million diets!

  26. Katie October 27, 2008 Reply

    This looks amazing! I will have to make these while I still have candy.

  27. Jennifer October 27, 2008 Reply

    WOW…I printed this and will definitely try it soon! YUMMMMMMMM!!!!

  28. Tartelette October 27, 2008 Reply

    Oh my Lord! This looks so good..wonder how long it would keep at my house. 2 minutes or 5 seconds? :)

  29. Maria October 27, 2008 Reply

    Can’t wait to gobble these up!! I better go trick or treating to get some candy!

  30. ingrid October 27, 2008 Reply

    I made these tonight. Talk about good! The “batter” was also so tasty. I think I should have baked my crust for a minute or so less as it is a little darker than yours but it’s still quite good. Thanks for sharing and I am going to try and take a picture or two to post on my blog.

  31. Sandie October 28, 2008 Reply

    Great photos of these Candy Bar Squares. They make me want to run to the kitchen and whip up a batch right now!

  32. Dianne October 28, 2008 Reply

    Wow…Those look amazing! I think I may be drooling just a little!

  33. Kimberly October 28, 2008 Reply

    Did you let the crust cool a little before adding the chopped candy? I didn’t and my candy basically melted. The Reese’s cups weren’t intact as they are in your photos, for example. Still, these are delicious indeed.

  34. Yasmin (Almond & The Hazelnut) October 28, 2008 Reply

    Life is not fair – why don’t they sell butterfingers here in Australia?! Well, they do, but at hideously exorbitant prices, if you can even find them. That recipe looks too good to be true… I’m going to have to find a way to improvise, and for the Nutter Butter cookies too, but don’t think it’ll quite be the same… enjoy it in all its American candy bar goodness!

  35. jennifer October 29, 2008 Reply

    Kimberly, I didn’t let the crust cool completely. It probably cooled about 10 minutes while I got everything else together. It takes a while to chop all those candy bars!

  36. Kimberly October 29, 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the info, Jennifer. I chopped the candy first thing, and I put the it on the crust immediately after taking it out of the oven. My family and friends all LOVED these bars and asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Kristin October 29, 2008 Reply

    I just made these on Saturday and they were a huge hit! I think they tasted even better on Sunday… yum!

  38. Lori October 29, 2008 Reply

    Wow these look amazing! I already have the stuff to make these this weekend.

  39. giz October 29, 2008 Reply

    Yours look much better than the original recipe. This is the type of recipe I find totally irresistible. Beautiful.

  40. Rico October 29, 2008 Reply

    not to keen on peanut butter, but i’d really have to try yours to decide..and then try again and again lol

  41. Susie October 30, 2008 Reply yum!

  42. dawn November 1, 2008 Reply

    I am a pb freak. I must try these too. Wonder if they would work with kit kats? I have so many left over.
    I used your pecan pie cupcakes recipe and twisted it around a bit. If you’re ever so inclined come take a look.

  43. Sarah November 1, 2008 Reply

    Just out of curiosity, it looks like there is some white type of chocolate or candy in those photos, what is it? I’m not sure what it what it would be from the recipe…

  44. The Fledgling Baker November 1, 2008 Reply

    I made this recipe just this past week. Very tasty. To avoid lapsing into a sweets induced coma, I shared them with some friends. They enjoyed this treat as well.

  45. jennifer November 2, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, everyone!

    Sarah, there isn’t any white chocolate. Just Reese’s, Butterfinger, honey roasted peanuts, and chocolate chips.

  46. Sofia November 6, 2008 Reply

    Mmmmm…. Nice recipe. The images are too good & Beautiful. I love Your Creation.

  47. Hallie November 7, 2008 Reply

    Beautiful, yum. I’m totally making these.

  48. Julie November 7, 2008 Reply

    These look incredible but I have a couple of questions. The recipe lists 1 can of condensed milk, but in the directions it says to mix the milk w/the peanut butter. Then later in the recipe it says to drizzle the milk over the coconut.

    Do we really need 2 cans of condensed milk if we go by the original recipe? And since you didn’t use the coconut, did you still drizzle the condensed milk? Did I miss something???


  49. Julie November 7, 2008 Reply

    Oh rats – I totally misread the recipe! No need to reply – I was having a brain freeze.

    Now I need to go make these to make myself feel better!

  50. Olivia November 8, 2008 Reply

    These were excellent! I think half the fun of making these was cutting up the candy bars for some reason. These are quite the nostalgic visit to my childhood candy favorites.

  51. Nat November 11, 2008 Reply

    My mouth waters just looking at the squares. A great idea for left over chocolate bars! Definitely something I will try in the foreseeable future I think!

  52. Monica H November 12, 2008 Reply

    Will you please come over, I need help!

  53. UK Foodie November 12, 2008 Reply

    They look truly delicious.

  54. Carole November 13, 2008 Reply

    Are you OK, Jennifer. Theae were posted on October 24 and today is November 13th. There have been no new posts since October 24th. Just checking to see you are ok.

  55. jennifer November 14, 2008 Reply

    Carole, things have been quite hectic around here. I’ve been working A LOT, and we just got back from a week+ trip to New York. I have some things to post, and hopefully you’ll be seeing them soon. Thanks for your concern! :-)

  56. Melissa November 18, 2008 Reply

    Just made these tonight! Were a huge hit with the college guys I had over. They were beyond sweet but tasty! Next time I will not use the entire can of sweetened condensed milk because it was not drizzled so much as DUMPED due to the insane quantity. Also, I think regular peanuts could be used. :)

  57. Kaitlin January 3, 2009 Reply

    These look amazing! Along with everything else you make!!!

  58. Alayne January 13, 2009 Reply

    I just made this recipe and the bars are AMAZING!!!! If you like peanut butter you will adore this recipe!!!

  59. Emil August 22, 2012 Reply

    Uhhh, I am really happyI have found your blog on pinterest. these squares look amazing!!!

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